Even during that time, the police monitored online activity and deleted 30 posts they thought objectionable, said sources.
But now there will be a full-time cell dedicated to ensuring you don’t write anything the police think can cause trouble.
“The cell, which will monitor social media real time to prevent any law and order situation, will be set up in a couple of months,” said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime).
People active on social media are aghast. “It’s an encroachment on the freedom of speech,” said film-maker Pritish Nandy.
Legal and cyber experts warn that attempts to control social media have failed world over and blocking a post is not as simple as pressing delete but would require a legal process such as filing an FIR and a court order.
Advocate and human rights activist Asim Sarode said: “The police will be unable to control social media. Instead, people should be sensitised to the need to use social media responsibly.”